Afcon 2021: Nigeria’s Okoye Reveals What Super Eagles Must Do to Stop Egypt’s Salah

The 22-year-old janitor feels the Super Eagles have the quality to stop the Liverpool striker from wreaking havoc

Nigeria goalkeeper Maduka Okoye has revealed plans to stop Egyptian striker Mohamed Salah from causing trouble when the two sides meet at the Africa Cup of Nations.

The Super Eagles will kick off their campaign in African competition with a Group D game against the Pharaohs at the Roumde Adjia Stadium on January 11th.

The game will see Nigeria face Salah, who has been in good form playing at Premier League Liverpool.

Salah, 29, has scored 16 goals in 20 top-flight matches and his final goal came in the team’s 2-2 draw against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

Okoye, who is a Watford player but is currently on loan from Sparta Rotterdam, believes the Super Eagles can tame Salah’s threats if they aren’t scared.

“Like you said, ninety minutes totally focused and confident, we can’t be afraid,” said Okoye, quoted by Allnigeriasoccer. “I think we have the quality to stop even players like this and not give us too much danger.”

On whether he will have a chance of beating Francis Uzoho, Daniel Akpeyi and John Noble for Nigeria’s Afcon starter, 22-year-old Okoye said: “Of course, it’s a new competition and it feels different because nothing is safe .

“Nothing is promised, so we’re back in the fight for the spot again, but one thing is for sure, it doesn’t matter who’s playing, we’ll do everything for the country and do our best.”

Meanwhile, Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi has said he will support any of them who will take on the role of Nigeria’s starting lineup against Egypt.

“It’s a good development. Maduka has been doing very well and Uzoho is also there and probably Noble is too, and I believe in those goalkeepers,” said Akpeyi, quoted by the same portal.

“Most importantly, whoever the coach decides to play at the end of the day, everyone else can support him.

“They have my support, they are like younger brothers to me, I will only support them if I don’t have the opportunity.

“If any of them are playing, I’ll support them one hundred percent. I think they’re all in top form right now.”

On what to expect from the tournament, Akpeyi said: “As usual, Nigerians always expect us to perform well in the tournament.

camp, they know what can be had and what we need to make Nigerians happy.

“I just hope we keep our focus and the most important thing is to play one game at a time, so the first focus is the first game that is against Egypt.”

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